Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Dr Von Lyric on Magic Flute

 I 'm glad to be back on the BLO Blog after a bit of time away - traveling, reading, listening, looking . I hope that with due diligence I'll be able to post every Wednesday with items operatic and musical....funny ....serious... unusual....stimulating. A couple of weeks ago I attended a quite fascinating program at the MFA presented by BLO's Signature Series entitled ""The Magic Flute Variations" where among many other rarely performed works all related to FLUTE (including excerpts from Schikaneder's  sequel  DAS LABYRINTH and a few bits  from Goethe's version of the story )  we heard  the relatively  more familiar Beethoven Variations on Papageno's aria "Ein Madchen". So here are some other  takes by various composers on the irresistible music from Mozart's opera  (The BLO production of FLUTE has only a few more performances this week. Catch it if you can)

  Here is the Beethoven with the superb cellist Lynn Harrell

Two more sets of FLUTE explorations  by two  Spanish virtuosos and composers:  guitarist   Fernando Sor (1778 -1839) and the  world famous - in his time  more or less known  the Liszt of the violin-   Pablo de Saraste (1844- 1908)


   For a much more modern take check out this striking  Berio piece where the theme has been totally taken apart and reassembled so as to be almost unrecognizable.

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